By turns funny and sad, the linked stories in Tracy Winn’s debut collection, Mrs. Somebody Somebody intersect in surprising ways. Winn draws us into the last sixty years of a mill town where her unforgettable characters are down on their luck, but making the most of it. The man-crazy young mill worker of the title story forms an unexpected friendship with a mysterious co-worker; a plucky immigrant child finds faith that her sister will return safely from Iraq; and a secretive old bookie has reason to hide a fragment of bone in his pocket. Connecting all is the Burroughs family, whose stately home holds years of unspoken compromise and regret. In clean, sensuous prose, Winn delivers the truths of our experience, and illuminates the grace that connects us all.
MRS. SOMEBODY SOMEBODY was the winner of the 2010 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Fellowship and has been recognized as a finalist in fiction for the John Gardner Book Award, the Julia Ward Howe Award and the Massachusetts Book Award.
“A stunning patchwork of American life.”